proper nounRoman Mythology
The god of love. He is represented as a naked winged boy with a bow and arrows, with which he wounds his victims.
A representation of a naked winged child, typically carrying a bow.‘little cupids floated in roseate clouds’
- ‘He led her to a painting of a naked cupid and Venus.’
- ‘A guest at a ball, in conversation, repeats the pointing gesture of the cupid in the painting behind her.’
- ‘Behind the couples, a cupid brings new arrivals, while under the trees at right, other couples sing to the accompaniment of a recorder or oboe.’
- ‘It's a bit rich that you're the one to play cupid when your own love life seems to be non-existent.’
- ‘I like you together and I think of my self as cupid since I did put you two together.’
- play Cupid
Try to initiate a romantic relationship between two people.
- ‘are you sure you want to play Cupid with these two?’
From LatinCupido, personification of cupido ‘love, desire’, from cupere ‘to desire’.